Wildlife

Animal coloration research: On the threshold of a new era
August 3, 2017 02:46 PM - University of Michigan

In the last 20 years, the field of animal coloration research has experienced explosive growth thanks to numerous technological advances, and it now stands on the threshold of a new era.

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada
August 3, 2017 12:05 PM - Michael Greshko, National Geographic

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada
August 3, 2017 12:05 PM - Michael Greshko, National Geographic

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.

Light pollution as a new threat to pollination
August 3, 2017 11:58 AM - University of Bern

Artificial light disrupts nocturnal pollination and leads to a reduced number of fruits produced by the plant.

Light pollution as a new threat to pollination
August 3, 2017 11:58 AM - University of Bern

Artificial light disrupts nocturnal pollination and leads to a reduced number of fruits produced by the plant.

Deadly Fungus Affecting Hibernating Bats Could Spread During Summer
August 3, 2017 08:26 AM - USGS

The cold-loving fungus (Pseudogymnoascus destructans, or Pd) that causes white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of North American bats during hibernation, could also spread in summer months. Bats and humans visiting contaminated caves and mines can inadvertently contribute to the spread of the fungus, according to a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS scientists tested samples collected from bats, the environment and equipment at eight bat hibernation sites in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia. They found that bats occupying such sites in summer can harbor the Pd fungus on their skin, and that Pd is more readily detectable in their guano, or feces.

Climate change could put rare bat species at greater risk
August 2, 2017 01:20 PM - University of Southampton

An endangered bat species with a UK population of less than 1,000 could be further threatened by the effects of global warming, according to a new study led by the University of Southampton.

Climate change could put rare bat species at greater risk
August 2, 2017 01:20 PM - University of Southampton

An endangered bat species with a UK population of less than 1,000 could be further threatened by the effects of global warming, according to a new study led by the University of Southampton.

Adorable alpine animal acclimates behavior to a changing climate
August 1, 2017 09:50 AM - Ecological Society of America

As climate change brings new pressures to bear on wildlife, species must “move, adapt, acclimate, or die.” Erik Beever and colleagues review the literature on acclimation through behavioral flexibility, identifying patterns in examples from invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and fishes, in the cover article for the August issue of the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The authors focus on the American pika (Ochotona princeps) as a case study in behavioral adaptation.

Adorable alpine animal acclimates behavior to a changing climate
August 1, 2017 09:50 AM - Ecological Society of America

As climate change brings new pressures to bear on wildlife, species must “move, adapt, acclimate, or die.” Erik Beever and colleagues review the literature on acclimation through behavioral flexibility, identifying patterns in examples from invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and fishes, in the cover article for the August issue of the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The authors focus on the American pika (Ochotona princeps) as a case study in behavioral adaptation.

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